Australia's 2017 Sole Survivor
After 55 days in the Samoan jungle, Australian Survivor’s winner has been crowned.
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One person managed to outwit, outplay and outlast 24 castaways, to take home the title of Sole Survivor.
Finalists Jericho Malabonga and Tara Pitt sat side by side, in front of a live audience, anxiously waiting to hear the verdict.
Jericho beat Tara at the final hurdle, with five votes to three, making him the 2017 Sole Survivor. He took home the title and $500,000 cash.
A Survivor fan from childhood, the 25-year-old flight attendant played a smart, social game. His personable nature and unrivaled endurance carried him through to the end.
Claiming early on that he would lie and cheat his way through the competition, Jericho managed to fly under the radar, and get everyone onside.
Taken for a sweet, caring, fun-loving guy, Jericho built close relationships with big players, effectively using them as shields for his own game.
Jericho proved his worth countless times, but never more so than in the final Immunity Challenge.
The three finalists battled it out, perched on tiny footholds atop a cliff, surrounded by darkness with the waves crashing over them. A shift in position meant game over, and Jericho managed to stick it out, incredibly, for five hours.
He decided to take Tara with him to the final Tribal Council, sending Peter Conte home.
In his pitch to the Jury, Jericho revealed his strategy. He wanted people to believe he was a saint, but he wasn’t afraid to blindside them. “I have blood on my hands, and I’m fine with that.”
He may have left his morals behind for the sake of the game, but Jericho’s win was fitting and well-deserved.
“This experience will always be a part of me. It’s taught me a lot and I’m grateful for that.”